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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Union Station Engagement Session

Photos from Sarah and Marco’s Union Station engagement session as we explored the vintage-inspired hallways of this Los Angeles landmark. We then wandered through the lively bazaar of Olvera St. before ending the e-session on the leafy walking trails of Vista Hermosa Park, overlooking the Los Angeles city skyline.

SARAH & MARCO

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Union Station engagement session photos:

I heard from Sarah just over two months ago about capturing her wedding to Marco next year in Redondo Beach and this Union Station engagement session. She’d been referred by a friend of hers, Kimberley, whose wedding I’m also photographing next May. This rarely happens to me – being referred by a bride whose wedding I hadn’t even captured yet!

Sarah and Marco met just about a year ago through work and love exploring the outdoors, connecting through their church community and spending time with family and friends. Marco popped the question during a weekend getaway in Temecula earlier this year, with some of his family following them to capture the moment. Sarah says that she was genuinely surprised by the proposal and spent the rest of the day staring at the amazing engagement ring he’d picked out for her.

They wanted to have an e-session at a number of places that meant a lot to them, beginning in the vintage-style halls of Union Station. We then headed across the street to the lively Spanish-inspired district of Olvera St. before ending the day on the leafy pathways of Vista Hermosa Park, overlooking the city skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Marco affectionately kisses Sarah’s hand during their vintage-inspired engagement session at Union Station in Los Angeles.

 

Union Station engagement session photos:

We began the afternoon exploring the classic halls of Union Station, with this Los Angeles transport hub having relaxed its strict photography rules in recent months. It’s got a really timeless feel, with vintage-style seats and elegant chandeliers hanging above, and I loved that Sarah and Marco had dressed up a bit.

I captured romantic portraits of the couple walking arm-in-arm through the hallways and dancing in front of the ticket booth, as well as grabbing one as they embraced on the train platform. We also utilized a vintage seating area for some romantic portraits of the couple, together with an ornate wooden door.

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Sarah and Marco look lovingly at one another during their romantic e-session at Union Station in Los Angeles.
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Marco twirls Sarah in one of the elegant hallways at Union Station during their Los Angeles engagement session.
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Sarah and Marco walk arm-in-arm through a hallway at Union Station during their vintage-inspired Los Angeles engagement session.
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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple in one of the classic waiting rooms at LA’s Union Station.
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Sarah leads Marco in front of a vintage-style waiting room during their Union Station engagement session.
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Sarah and Marco embrace in one of the elegant halls at Union Station during their urban e-session in Los Angeles.
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Marco whispers into Sarah’s ear during their romantic engagement session at Union Station in Los Angeles.
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Sarah and Marco kiss in a courtyard at Union Station during their Los Angeles urban engagement session.
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Sarah leads Marco through a hallway decorated with vintage-inspired chandeliers at Union Station in Los Angeles.
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A close-up portrait of Sarah and Marco walking arm-in-arm through Union Station during their Los Angeles engagement session.
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Marco twirls Sarah outside the ticket office at Union Station during their vintage-inspired LA engagement session.
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Sarah and Marco embrace on one of the train platforms during their romantic Union Station engagement session.
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Sarah and Marco kiss in front of an ornate wooden doorway at Union Station in Los Angeles.

 

Olvera St. engagement session photos:

We then walked across the road to the lively Latino area of Olvera St., which was abuzz with people, markets and mariachi bands. I captured portraits of the couple embracing in front of colorfully painted market stalls and walking in front of wall murals, then grabbed one as they kissed while mariachi trumpeters played beside them.

We also incorporated an ornate lamp post and sculpted wooden cross into this Olvera St. engagement session, together with a cafe front that was covered in pink bougainvillea. The area is also home to a beautiful, whitewashed church, which we utilized for a wide-angle shot of the couple embracing.

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Sarah and Marco walk hand-in-hand across a pedestrian crossing during their Olvera St. engagement session.
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Sarah and Marco embrace in front of a rustic shop front during their Olvera St. engagement session in Los Angeles.
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Marco tenderly kisses Sarah’s hand while leading her up a stairway backed by a mural at Olvera St. in Los Angeles.
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Sarah embraces Marco in front of a rustic yellow stall in the bustling markets of LA’s Olvera St.
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A creative portrait of Sarah admiring her engagement ring while Marco checks his watch in front of a brown wooden door at Olvera St. in Los Angeles.
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A low-angle portrait of Sarah and Marco walking hand-in-hand in front of a wall mural at Olvera St. in Los Angeles.
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Sarah and Marco kiss while a pair of mariachi trumpets play next to them during their Olvera St. engagement session.
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A portrait of Sarah and Marco standing beside a cross in the bustling markets of Olvera St. in Los Angeles.
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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple in front of a rustic brick wall during their Olvera St. e-session.
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Sarah and Marco hold hands in front of a bougainvillea-covered cafe during their Olvera St. engagement session.
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A low-angle portrait of Sarah and Marco embracing during their Olvera St. engagement session in Los Angeles.
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Sarah and Marco lean against an ornate lamp post during their urban e-session at Olvera St. in Los Angeles.
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The couple look lovingly into one another’s eyes while walking through Olvera St. during their Los Angeles engagement session.
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A wide-angle portrait of Sarah and Marco embracing in front of a whitewashed church during their Olvera St. e-session.

 

Vista Hermosa Park engagement session photos:

From Olvera St., it was a 10-minute drive to Vista Hermosa Park where Sarah and Marco changed into more casual attire. It was a very busy afternoon, with a wedding portrait session taking place in the park, so we had to get a bit creative in the way we used the space available.

I captured shots of the couple walking hand-in-hand along the leafy walking trails and a romantic portrait as they kissed on a wooden bench. We also took advantage of the magnificent views across the Downtown Los Angeles city skyline as the couple embraced with the skyscrapers soaring behind.

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Sarah and Marco walk hand-in-hand along a walking trail in Vista Hermosa Park during their nature-inspired e-session in LA.
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Sarah and Marco kiss on a rustic wooden bench during their afternoon e-session at Vista Hermosa Park.
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Sarah warmly embraces Marco during their nature-inspired e-session at Vista Hermosa Park in Los Angeles.
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Capturing a playful moment between the newly engaged couple during their Vista Hermosa Park engagement session.
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Sarah and Marco look lovingly into one another’s eyes while being backed by the city skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.
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Capturing a tender moment between the couple while seated on a wooden bench in Vista Hermosa Park.
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Sarah and Marco kiss backed by the skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles during their Vista Hermosa Park e-session.
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Sarah leans her head affectionately on Marco’s shoulder during their romantic Vista Hermosa Park e-session.
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Marco piggybacks Sarah along a walking trail in Vista Hermosa Park during their LA nature-inspired e-session.
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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly engaged couple backed by the Downtown Los Angeles skyline.

 

Union Station engagement session photos:

I can’t thank Sarah and Marco enough for selecting me to capture this Union Station engagement session and hope it provided a nice break from their busy work schedules. I wish them the best as they make the final preparations for their wedding in Redondo Beach next year and look forward to reconnecting with them then.

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